Energy follows thought. Energy follows thought. I sit down to write a song and the melodies kind of drip off my fingers as I pluck the guitar. I brim with gratitude at these sacred moments (hell yes, they’re sacred) but I know that this. didn’t. happen. overnight.
It took some serious life shifts, mind shifts, and heart opening to be unstoppable as a creator. And there are some rules of thumb I know to make the difference in easing me into my creativity.
Courageously disrupt your life.
It takes courage to create a life that allows your juices to flow and your spirit to fly. It’s that “next level” of artistry. Life designed by YOU. Inherent in it is the racing anxiety, the imminent fear of failure… take note: this is where most artists stop.
Don’t hang out here. That’s the nightclub where amateurs and wannabes steal the spotlight.
Not you. You have courage. You’re playing on a different level.
I know that you’re tired. I know that you don’t have enough time. I also know mediocrity poisons your creativity, and you’re not in it to be mediocre. You’re ready to do the work. You’re ready to show up every day to your art.
I promise you have it in you.
Courageously disrupting your life in order to write every damn day might mean you’ll start saying “no” to late night drinks, or occasionally dreading being alone in your room, just glowering at your instrument.
That’s OK. You’re here to do the work. And soon enough, you’ll be far away from playing it safe.
Choosing not to forgive myself for not having “made it” was the moment my career died.
I was furious that things weren’t the way I wanted them to be. I had no PR dream team, my bassist never showed up for practice, and promoters were ignoring my emails. The New York Times hadn’t knocked down my door yet. Didn’t they know how fucking fabulous I was?! Apparently not.
I hated them as much as I hated myself. I just couldn’t accept: this is where I am. A story, in progress.
I had to start enjoying the journey.
So I started listening to Abraham, and I began to see what was really stopping me: my intense focus on what I didn’t have. My scrutiny of who I wished I was but wasn’t.
There was no room in my mental landscape for the fruits of success. And when I say “no room,” I mean it. All the rooms were booked with my flaws and my failures.
I sat to meditate before my writing sesh one day, and I heard Abraham’s voice in my tiny iPhone speakers: “Visualize what it is you want.” And I realized: it was time to forgive myself. This career of mine? It is enough. I am enough. I am on my path. And it was time to visualize what it is I actually want.
Visualize what it is you want.
At what point on your creative path will you look around and decide, “Oh holy god, yes. Yes. This is the nectar. This is the sweetest, most delicious. I have arrived. This is exactly what I’ve been working so hard for.”
Do you know what that looks like? If not, create it.
It’s not so much the results for me, but the experience. I’m in the game so I can connect on high vibes and high levels. I’m on the music grind for the experience of meeting strong, powerhouse goddess women and having them look me in the eye to say,
“You brought me closer to the light. Thank you.”
But if we have to find results (we do), I want to release an album every year that I’m proud of. I want to experience myself as limitless and unstoppable.
So I ask you: what is it you want?
Be of service.
News flash: your music isn’t just about you. There’s a living breathing human on the receiving end of it (sometimes hundreds or thousands of ‘em), responding to what you’re putting out there. What do you want them to feel? It’s worth some visualizing. Trust yourself that you can deliver it.
Let it go.
Hello, my perfectionista. I see you, brow furrowed, trying to get the last-word-last-note-last-take juuuust right. You are already impeccable. Your art is already perfect. It is enough. It’s at the point where it inspires you. I’ll bet it inspires others. The final mix takes most of the work (sometimes). But when it starts to feel cloudy and you begin to get frustrated, consider shipping the masterpiece you’ve created and calling it…
What are the mantras that light up your creative practice? Share them in the comments below.